Daily Archives: January 20, 2018

Two dead in hotel fire in Prague

Baku, January 21, AZERTAC

At least two people died and dozens were injured in a fire at a Prague city center hotel on Saturday, spokesman for the Prague firefighters Martin Kavka said, according to Xinhua.

The spokesman said on social media that some of the injured were in serious condition, and two firefighters were also among the injured. He said a special degree of fire alert has been declared.

The fire occurred at the Eurostars David hotel in the Naplavni Street in Prague New Town district.

The rescue service sent several ambulances along with doctors to the scene and firefighting is underway.

As the firefighters are still searching through the building, the number of the victims may not be final.

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Chief electoral officer: Preparations get underway for presidential election in Azerbaijan

Baku, January 20, AZERTAC

Chairman of Azerbaijan`s Central Election Commission Mazahir Panahov has said preparations got underway for the presidential election in the country.

“We have already started the process of fixing the lists of voters. We expect this process to be completed by February 5 at the level of polling stations,” he told journalists.

“All information regarding voters will be submitted to constituencies and then further to the Central Election Commission.”

“This process will be completed by late May, and we will then approve the voters lists as an official document,” Panahov added.

The presidential election is scheduled for October 17, 2018.

AZERTAG.AZ :Chief electoral officer: Preparations get underway for presidential election in Azerbaijan

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Deputy prime minister: Food Security Agency will fulfill functions of several authorities

Baku, January 20, AZERTAC

Deputy Prime Minister Ali Ahmadov has said Azerbaijan Food Security Agency will fulfill functions of several state bodies.

“The establishment of the agency is at the final stage now. Technical preparations are now being made,” he told journalists.

Ali Ahmadov said the organizational works will be completed in several months, adding that functions of several authorities will be entrusted to the Food Security Agency.

AZERTAG.AZ :Deputy prime minister: Food Security Agency will fulfill functions of several authorities

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ICAO: Continued passenger traffic growth and robust air cargo demand in 2017

Baku, January 20, AZERTAC

A new record 4.1 billion passengers were carried by the aviation industry on scheduled services in 2017, according to the preliminary figures released today by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). This indicates a 7.1% increase over 2016. The number of departures rose to approximately 37 million globally, and world passenger traffic, expressed in terms of total scheduled revenue passenger-kilometres (RPKs), posted an increase of 7.6% with approximately 7.7 trillion RPKs performed. This growth is a slight improvement from the 7.4% achieved in 2016.

“The sustainability of the tremendous growth in international civil air traffic is demonstrated by the continuous improvements to its safety, security, efficiency and environmental footprint. This sustainability is the result of concerted efforts and cooperation at the national, regional, and global levels, particularly in terms of ICAO compliancy, which is key to accessing the global network,” remarked ICAO Council President Dr. Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu.

“Air traffic growth is making key contributions towards the achievement of United Nations Agenda 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, offering an opportunity to lift a generation out of poverty, figuratively and literally,” added ICAO Secretary General Dr. Fang Liu. “As a UN agency, ICAO is deeply committed to ensuring that all countries have an opportunity to benefit from the doubling in flight and passenger volumes forecast for the next 15 years.”

This is illustrated by the fact that over half of the world’s 1.2 billion tourists who travelled across international borders last year were transported by air, and that air transport now carries some 35% of world trade by value. Indeed, more than 90% of cross border Business-to-Consumer (B2C) e-commerce was carried by air transport.

AZERTAG.AZ :ICAO: Continued passenger traffic growth and robust air cargo demand in 2017

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